Fact or Fiction: Investigating the effect of music on plant growth
We have all heard more or less that talking to flowers and plants or playing music can have a positive effect on their freshness and even their growth rate. Now, we do not know exactly whether the effect of music on the growth of plants is so great that it can make a fruit tree be harvested faster than usual, and whether this is also a rumor of the century or not.
Questions such as whether plants can hear sound at all that can affect their growth or that it is just the result of our own energy, has prompted botanists to research. What if they really like music? In addition to the time of watering, we should ask the florist if we should play Vivaldi for this plant or does he prefer Harry Style? We are going to talk about the impact of songs and music on the growth and health of flowers and houseplants and non-apartment plants.
The effect of music on plant growth
1.Numerous experiments confirm the positive effect of music on plants.
Much research has been done in the world to determine the effect of music on plant growth. The results of the majority of them, even by determining the type of music preferred by plants, show the validity of this issue. But there are still some experts who, for many reasons, are skeptical about the effect of music on plant growth.
Leaving all this aside, what we all know well is that plants are living things and every living thing needs good energy for freshness and vitality and this good energy can be a gardener’s song or a calming instrument or even bird song.
Many experts have researched the positive effects of music on plant growth, such as placing plants in four Isolated greenhouses with exactly the same conditions. In the first greenhouse music was played, in the second greenhouse silence, in the third greenhouse positive sentences were told and in the fourth greenhouse negative sentences were spread for the plant. Research shows that silent and negative word greenhouse plants have grown significantly less strongly than other greenhouses. To understand the power of words on plant we are going to mention a legendary story about magical Solomon Islands.
- The power of speech and the death and life of trees
The Solomon Islands are located in the Pacific Ocean, east of Papua New Guinea, and north of Vanuatu, with six main islands and nine hundred small and big islands. From the strange legends and events that are heard from this land, the islands of Solomon are also called the mysterious islands.
One of these strange events is the story of the cutting down huge and long trees. when they started to cut a tree, instead of bothering themselves and stabbing them with an ax and chainsaw, they used simpler but more cunning method called the Curse of the Tree. According to this legend, a crowd of people from a height near the tree start shouting negative phrases such as “how ugly, how big and ugly”, after a few days of doing this, the tree withers and dies. Think about how destructive negative sentences can be, and certainly just as positive and musical are uplifting and constructive.
Investigating the effect of music on plant growth in the context of academic experiments
Much research has been done to prove the effect of music on the freshness and growth rate
of plants. One of the first serious studies on the effect of music on plants was in 1962 by Dr. T.C. Singh, the head of botany department at the University of Anamalia. This Indian botanist carefully tested the effect of music on various plants.
He played music in a controlled environment for plants (henna) and found that the growth of plants exposed to music increased by 20% compared to plants in a normal environment.
He came to similar conclusions about the effect of music on the growth of plants such as peanuts, rice and tobacco. For this purpose, he installed loud speakers around the fields. It is interesting to know that this researcher studied the growth of plants with different music such as flute, violin, harmonium and even traditional Indian dance and song.
eventually, it was concluded that the violin is one of the most effective instruments for plants. A Canadian engineer repeats the botanist Dr.’s experiments on his wheat field by playing violin music. Wheat plants with a growth of 66%, clearly proved the effect of music.
The effect of music on the growth of plants and their freshness
In the same year, another experiment to investigate the effect of music on plant growth was conducted by an American researcher named Dorothy Retallack in a private greenhouse on a variety of plants. Like the Indian botanist, the researcher studied the growth of plants by playing a variety of soft, light, classical, jazz, and even rock music. He reported the effect of music on the growth of houseplants relative to different music:
Plants exposed to soft, classical, or jazz music grew toward the speaker and even twisted into the speaker bases. But those plants that were exposed to rock music grew away from the speakers (as if moving away from low light) and showed symptoms similar to the reaction they show to over-watering.
Another researcher in Illinois who was skeptical of plants responding to music played several controlled experiments in a greenhouse. To his surprise, he found that the collection of soybeans and corn that had been exposed to music was thicker and greener than other plants.
How music affects the growth of plants: imitating the sound of birds!
Perhaps the best scientific theory about the effect of music on plant growth is the effect of sound waves. Plants deliver nutrients and proteins to their organs through the cytoplasmic fluid through a process called cytoplasmic flow. The vibration of sound waves and music is very effective on this process. In nature, we have witnessed the growth and freshness of plants in areas where birds are singing or there is more breeze more.
In other words, the vibrations of sound waves, and even the breeze accelerate the movement of minerals in plant cells and stimulate the plant to produce more nutrients. So if plants do not react well to rock music, it does not mean that plants do not like rock music, but that the sound waves created by rock music put a lot of pressure on plant cells and impair their growth. With this, the impact of music on plant growth became an important and challenging issue.